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May 29, 2017

Bridging Zambia – Capacity Building for Bridge Maintenance Engineers

A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, and the material used to make it.

Zambia has over 460 bridges along the national roads. Due to wear and tear, the bridges need to undergo frequent maintenance in order to extend their life spans and provide overall safety for users.

The Bridge Maintenance Capacity Building Project – Phase I, a technical cooperation project implemented by Road Development Agency (RDA) and JICA during the period February 16, 2015, to August 31, 2017, was successfully completed successfully.

The purpose of this first-of-a-kind project was to strengthen the institutional capacity of RDA for bridge maintenance planning and operation, including improvement of outsourcing contract management aiming at self-management of maintenance cycle (inspection, evaluation, and repairing).

Following the successful completion of Phase I, planning of Phase II of the Bridge Maintenance Capacity Building Project is underway as a mission team from Japan visited Zambia during the period 14 to 28 May 2018, in order to collect the necessary information for the smooth implementation of the proposed project. Phase II of the project aims to disseminate bridge routine maintenance processes and procedures to RDA officers, and complete capacity building of the whole cycle of bridge maintenance not only for routine maintenance, but also for inspection and actual repair. Throughout the mission, discussions were held with the implementing agency RDA, Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, National Council for Construction, National Road Fund Agency, as well as other relevant stakeholders. Phase II also intends to introduce Japanese advanced maintenance technology and experience which is applicable to Zambia.

The signing of Minutes of Meeting ceremony was held on May 29, 2018. Eng. Charles Mushota, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Eng. Elias Mwape, Chief Executive Officer at Road Development Agency, and Mr. Tomoki Kanenawa, Director Infrastructure and Peace Building Department, JICA HQ, officiated at the ceremony.

The project is expected to commence in January 2019.

PhotoEng. Elias Mwape, Eng. Charles Mushota and Mr. Tomoki Kanenawa signing the Minutes of Meeting

PhotoEng. Elias Mwape, Eng. Charles Mushota, and Mr. Tomoki Kanenawa shortly after signing the Minutes of Meeting.

PhotoSite Visit to Chirundu Bridge

PhotoSite Visit to Chirundu Bridge

PhotoInspection of Bridges

PhotoChirundu Bridge

PhotoMakunka Bridge

PhotoKafue Road Bridge

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